Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has made a triumphant return to Pakistan after four years of self-imposed exile in the UK. This significant development comes after Sharif was granted protective bail in the graft cases against him, and the accountability court decided to suspend his arrest warrant.
In a heartfelt statement before boarding his flight from Dubai, Nawaz Sharif expressed his emotions, saying, “Today I am going to Pakistan after 4 years, and I am feeling very happy with the grace of Allah. It would be great if the situation in Pakistan was better today than it was in 2017.”
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has left no stone unturned in organizing a warm reception for the returning former Prime Minister. Party officials and members from various regions of Pakistan are converging in Lahore to participate in the grand show of strength and support for Nawaz Sharif.
Nawaz Sharif’s return to Pakistan aligns with the country’s preparations for the general elections scheduled for January 2024. His younger brother, Shehbaz Sharif, had been serving as Prime Minister from 2022 until earlier this year when the Parliament was dissolved, and a caretaker Prime Minister assumed command ahead of the upcoming elections.
Nawaz Sharif’s Complex Political Journey Nawaz Sharif assumed power in 2013, and initially, it appeared he might become the first Prime Minister of Pakistan to complete a full term. However, his tenure was marked by turmoil, including Opposition-led blockades in Islamabad and evolving dynamics with the powerful Pakistan Army. Ultimately, Nawaz Sharif was removed from office under graft charges, opening the path for Imran Khan to assume the role of Prime Minister.
After facing trials and multiple convictions, Nawaz Sharif managed to depart the country on medical grounds. Despite continuous calls from the Pakistani courts for his surrender, the former Prime Minister avoided arrest until the Pakistan Army’s patience with Imran Khan’s government reached its limits, leading to his brother’s ascent to power.
Nawaz Sharif’s return to Pakistan is a significant development in the country’s political landscape and adds an intriguing dimension to the upcoming general elections in 2024. The political journey of this influential figure continues to be a subject of intense interest and debate.